I sometimes am lazy and let the days go by without writing things on this site. But I must remember to post at least once a month for Daniela to read this when she gets older.
February was all about Musicals: We purchased several movies for Daniela that included Happy Feet, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and The King and I. I shall say that Daniela loves dancing and singing so these were right up her ally. One funny thing that happened while watching all of these dancing moves was that she tried to imitate choreography from Mary Poppins. She flipped right over after us telling her to not try and do a handstand. We were all astonished.
In February Daniela started developing Papitis; everytime Raul would go to the gym it was a crying frenzy. Well I started walking with her or doing a craft. Even the neighbor helped one time with giving her a treat to help us out with her crying. I try not to give Daniela food when she cries because I don’t want an emotional eater on my hands. Something I had to tell Raul to stop doing everytime I stepped out to walk the dog.
This month of March Raul went to SXSW and I started taking Daniela with me to walk JuanGa. At night, Sylvette who came in February and had to leave early in due to health issues came back to help me while Raul was away, would hold up Daniela so she could see where I was at with the dog.
Daniela is using her imagination which is great. She takes calculators, her little fake phone, and even clay phones to pretend she is talking to someone whether it be her Grandpa Tito, Grandma Maggie, Uncle Javi, Zuleyka or Pepe, she has long conversations with them.
Daniela is speaking both languages and counting to ten in both languages. She sings the ABC song, Twinkle Twinkle, London Bridge, Five little Monkeys, Sapo Sapo, Do Re Mi (just the beginning) . She is counting up to 13 in English and up to 11 in Spanish. We count up to 20 with her in both languages. We read books to her in both languages and surround her with folks who know both.
She plays with Iman and our other neighbors when they are on the beach.
She loves painting and crafting and immerses herself in picking up pom poms with her tongs. She does so well with the tongs that when we went to the sushi restaurant, she did really well picking up tofu. She even had tea for the first time and second time at a Turkish restaurant.
What we love about living in the metro area is that we get to take Daniela to all sorts of restaurants to eat all types of food. They are vegetarian but they are still delicious.
She loves Quinoa mixed with veggies and loves sushi! She is a banana freak and will eat blackberries when we buy them. Kale Chips are her thing too. Someone did give her a lollipop and she licked it once and gave it to me. For mama she said. She loves the dark chocolate that we by at the health food and so for Valentines week we went to the mall and we bought dark chocolate truffles for her and I. Since they were not vegan, Raul did not have any but he did have a dark chocolate bar from Godiva.
Daniela cuts mushrooms, tomatos, she “cooks” oatmeal, she is learning how to pour from one glass to another. She is also pointing and counting to items. Today she saw a little hear on my Victoria’s secret bra and the one on my necklace and said one two corazones in Spanglish.
This month has been a crafty month with clay, fingerpaints, attempts to paper mache, water colors, coloring in a chick, and so many crafts that we can be here all night. We are lucky that our nieghbors love her so much that they always leave her some type of material to play with whether its newspaper for her table or butterflies to decorate with, we are fortunate to know Cirene, Resat, and Liz. Amaury and Maria always give us food from their other place and Melvin also remembers Daniela.
We are still breastfeeding more when she is teething and not feeling well and when we keep her busy she doesn’t even mention it until I sit down. That is the trigger. I have also had to breastfeed her zebra, frog, teddy bear, and baby dolls. And then after I do that she says and Nene for Daniela. It is a trick to get me to breastfeed her lol . She is drinking apple juice, frappes made at home, and water. Last month she had her first congested cough. We cured that with Echniacea and Elderberry syrup.
She has also been hitting ugh! The good the bad and the ugly tantrums are the worst. Sometimes we will be singing and wap in my face. Other times things escalate and she wacks Raul and I. We are reading up on how to handle these situations and one thing I read was to hold her hands and gently speak to her about hitting. I have been trying this more than the angry don’t do that speech.
Everytime we see baby pictures of Daniela, I look at the 27 month old in front of me and say damn time flies so quickly. We have started potting training but lightly, she still goes barefoot to GreatGrandma Lydias and they still get on our case about her taking her shoes off.
Daniela did meet Jonathan this month and since his visit with us was very short, 30 minutes, we were not able to see them interact. Another time then.
Did I say she loves to watch herself sing on video? Yeah she will say Daniela Bailando Videos and just watch videos of herself singing and dancing and then tries to imitate herself all over again. Sometimes she will sleep through the night but very rarely does it happen. It happened two nights in a row and I felt great. But that was short lived.
This month Daniela was also saying “Okay” to everything I would tell her to do and she would continue to do what we did not want her to do. Testing Testing 1,2,3
Today we had a conversaton. I asked her where was JuanGa’s bone, she said Over there (bedroom). I said go get it, She said I don’t see it.
We also spoke to our friend Zulekya about her little routines and how she gets upset when Dad has to take over a certian routine and she suggested little picture books. So we bought some for 2 bucks and I am starting to draw her routines.
She really does so many things independently like picking out her clothes, taking them off to shower, attempting to put them on. She is good for her age at putting things back so she knows where to play with them the next time. If she can’t find something she will say “donde esta…”
She hugs and says hi to lots of people and sings and dances in public. She dances and sings everywhere. Happy Feet is one of the movies she knows some words to the songs and imitiates the tap dancing. We are amazed at how she will concentrate on something and try to repeat it.
So many little anecdotes and sometimes no time to write them down in this place for her to read. Her dad shares his side on his blog and we will update little things on Facebook. Like her learning the names of the chess pieces and running to Raul. She wants to help with setting the table for breaksfast and announces loudly for everyone to eat. She is sitting with us at the big table and sometimes uses her little table for snacks.
We are lucky to have a healthy lady.